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Offline GrahamB

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What still works on PlaymoDB
« on: April 30, 2013, 11:38:00 »
I discovered a couple of things which aren't immediately obvious, so I thought I'd list here what you can and can't currently do on the wonderful PlaymoDB. If any of these actions are prejudicial to server efficiency, Heather will hopefully disable them!

I have used the spelling Klicky for a figure and click for a mouse/touchscreen/glidepad action

CAN do:
Numbers 2 to 5 are 'business as usual', No 1 is a way around the disabled 'set look-up' on the Home page and no. 6 is potentially useful for finding which klickies come in which sets -edit- and which sets contain a specific part.

1. Show one picture of a set by using the link on the Home page 'Show info for a set-list of your choosing'  (this link takes you to a dialogue box: type one or several set numbers in the box, click on 'submit' and sets will be displayed). Click to show pictures if not already displayed and then click on a picture to see a larger version of the same picture.
2. Show all the sets in a given theme (from home page or link 'Show sets by theme' at bottom of any other page). Again, can show pictures and click on a small picture to see a larger version of the same picture.
3. Show all parts in a chosen category or subcategory (from home page or link 'Show parts by category' at bottom of any other page) NB clicking on part-pictures does not display a larger version.
4. Search for parts or klickies by keyword (from home page)
5. Find a klicky with one or more characteristics (from home page or link 'Find a klicky' at bottom of any other page)
6. Show klicky details and find which sets a klicky can be found in- edit- works for all klickies. First display small pictures of klickies (either by using 'Find a Klicky' or one of the other methods under 'Who's that Klicky?' on the home page). For any klicky which has a small green camera symbol on the description line, you can go to its Klicky page by clicking on the camera icon. Klicky page shows photos of the klicky, the Description of the klicky and the Found in sets information. There seems to be no way to get to the klicky page of any klicky which doesn't have a camera icon, though (and the camera icon shown next to non-klicky parts doesn't work either edit if you change the klicky part number in the URL line of your browser, you can get a klicky page for any klicky- this also works for all part numbers

CANNOT do:
1. Get more details of a part or klicky by clicking on its picture
2. Search for specific part numbers
3. View set inventories with pictures of parts
4. View set lists with counts of parts
5. Get klicky details by clicking on the 'klicky's head' symbol
6. Get klicky details where no camera icon is displayed

Hope this is helpful

Graham

edited with new information
« Last Edit: April 30, 2013, 23:22:12 by GrahamB »
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2013, 12:31:13 »
Yes, I've been discovering that even in its partially disabled state, it's still incredibly useful! I've been able to search for parts I'm looking for and find part numbers by using the "search parts by category" feature. And seeing all the sets in a theme allows you to find the set number for a set so you can search for it elsewhere.
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2013, 12:43:11 »
But I think you will find that what is available changes over time.
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2013, 06:07:46 »
Add number 7 to the 'can do' list:
7. Find out what sets a part comes in if you know its part number. Use the following URL but replace the part-number with the one you are interested in, then paste it into browser: "http://playmodb.org/cgi-bin/klicky.pl?partnum=30-10-1890".

(I don't know why this works, as it seems to assume the part number is for a klicky, whatever it is!)

I will PM Heather to check this is OK.

Graham
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2013, 00:40:31 »
Add number 7 to the 'can do' list:
7. Find out what sets a part comes in if you know its part number. Use the following URL but replace the part-number with the one you are interested in, then paste it into browser: "http://playmodb.org/cgi-bin/klicky.pl?partnum=30-10-1890".

Thank you so much for this  :)

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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013, 10:32:58 »
Graham, thanks so much for this info.  I've been able to find a few details I needed that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise!  :D

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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013, 01:43:51 »
Thanks, Henri and Salamander.

I recently found another useful feature (obvious to some people, no doubt, but I found it when I wasn't actually looking for it);
Text-only inventories (with part numbers and quantities) are still available by clicking on the 'Inventory' link beneath a set picture and then following the 'Text list' link on the following page. Alternatively, type the following into your browser and add the set number of your choice:

http://playmodb.org/cgi-bin/listinv.pl?setnum=nnnn

I just have a tab in my browser ready with any set list and edit the last four digits each time I want an inventory. I also have another tab with

http://playmodb.org/cgi-bin/klicky.pl?partnum=30-00-0000

ready to look up any part number (kicky or otherwise)
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2014, 14:50:40 »
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@ Mods:
Would it perhaps be useful/possible to make this thread a sticky?
It has real useful information by Graham on how playmodb can still be used, and otherwise one has to use the forum's searchfunction each time to find back this thread...
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2014, 18:16:00 »
Good idea, Erwin.  My DS orders have never been the same since playmoDB went down.
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Re: What still works on PlaymoDB
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2014, 06:44:24 »
Wow, I just discovered this thread! Thanks, this is extremely helpful! :)
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